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The Cub Scout Uniform, Boy Scout Uniform, and Adult Leader Uniform include the shirt, pants, belt, socks, etc.
Wearing the shirt alone is not “in uniform.” However, the uniform is rarely required.

“Show me a poorly uniformed troop and I’ll show you a poorly uniformed leader.”
Robert Baden-Powell

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When is a Cub Scout "in uniform"?

Webelos Uniform
Webelos Uniform
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Cub Uniform
Tiger and Cub Scout Uniforms
Tiger and Cub Scout Uniforms

Lion

The Lion Cub Scout uniform has the following parts:

  1. Shirt—The official Lion t-shirt.
  2. Belt—Official navy-blue web belt with metal buckle.
  3. Cap—Official navy-blue Lion cap.
  4. Neckerchief—Optional Lion neckerchief. The Lion den decides if they will wear the neckerchief.
  5. Neckerchief slide—Optional Lion neckerchief slide.

Official uniform pants, shorts, or skorts, and Cub Scout socks are optional. Use of these items for Lions is decided by the den leader and families in the den. There is no uniform inspection sheet for Lions.

Tiger

The Tiger Cub Scout uniform has the following parts;

  1. Shirt—The official blue uniform shirt is available with long or short sleeves and has button-flap pockets.
  2. Pants— Shorts, long pants, skorts, and roll up pants all are in official blue.
  3. Belt—Official navy-blue web belt with metal buckle.
  4. Socks—Official socks are available in three lengths: ankle, crew, and knee. Tiger socks have an orange band on the top.
  5. Hat—Official blue hat with orange front and Tiger emblem.
  6. Neckerchief—Orange triangular neckerchief with Tiger logo. Official BSA neckerchiefs are the only neckerchiefs that are part of the uniform.
  7. Neckerchief slide—Official gold-tone metal slide with orange Tiger emblem. Cub Scouts may wear handmade neckerchief slides.

Wolf

The Wolf Cub Scout uniform has the following parts:

  1. Shirt—The official blue uniform shirt is available with long or short sleeves and has button-flap pockets.
  2. Pants— Shorts, long pants, skorts, and roll up pants all are in official blue.
  3. Belt—Official navy-blue web belt with metal buckle.
  4. Socks—Official socks are available in three lengths: ankle, crew, and knee. Wolf socks have a yellow band on the top.
  5. Hat—Official hat either yellow or red front and Wolf emblem.
  6. Neckerchief—Either yellow or red triangular neckerchief with Wolf logo. Official BSA neckerchiefs are the only neckerchiefs that are part of the uniform.
  7. Neckerchief slide—Official gold-tone metal slide with red Wolf emblem. Cub Scouts may wear handmade neckerchief slides.

Bear

The Bear Cub Scout uniform has the following parts:

  1. Shirt—The official blue uniform shirt is available with long or short sleeves and has button-flap pockets.
  2. Pants— Shorts, long pants, skorts, and roll up pants all are in official blue.
  3. Belt—Official navy-blue web belt with metal buckle.
  4. Socks—Official socks are available in three lengths: ankle, crew, and knee. Bear socks have a yellow band on the top.
  5. Hat—Official blue hat with light blue front and Bear emblem.
  6. Neckerchief—Light blue triangular neckerchief with Bear logo. Official BSA neckerchiefs are the only neckerchiefs that are part of the uniform.
  7. Neckerchief slide—Official gold-tone metal slide with light blue Bear emblem. Cub Scouts may wear handmade neckerchief slides.

Webelos

The Webelos Cub Scout uniform has the following parts:

  1. Shirt—The official tan uniform shirt is available with long or short sleeves and has button-flap pockets.
  2. Pants— The official green shorts, long pants, skorts, and roll up pants.
  3. Belt—Official navy-blue web belt with metal buckle or the green web belt with BSA buckle is acceptable for the 2018-19 program year.
  4. Socks—Official green socks are available in three lengths: ankle, crew, and knee.
  5. Hat—Official green hat with Webelos plaid front and Webelos emblem.
  6. Neckerchief—Webelos plaid triangular neckerchief with Webelos logo. Official BSA neckerchiefs are the only neckerchiefs that are part of the uniform.
  7. Neckerchief slide—Official gold-tone metal slide with Webelos emblem. Cub Scouts may wear handmade neckerchief slides.
  8. Webelos Colors—The Webelos Colors is an optional uniform piece that is worn on the right sleeve to display the Webelos Adventure Pins that have been earned. If the Webelos Colors are not used, Webelos Adventure Pins may be worn on the Webelos hat.

When is a Boy Scout "in uniform"?

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Scout Uniform
"each piece transitions to mix and match with your current uniform." - New Uniform Brochure

A Boy Scout is "in uniform" when he wears the four parts of his uniform.

The complete official uniform includes the Scout long-sleeved or short-sleeved shirt, Scout pants or shorts, Scout belt and buckle, Scout socks or knee socks. A neckerchief and cap or campaign hat are optional. Wear full uniform for all ceremonial and indoor activities, such as troop meetings, courts of honor, and most other indoor functions. The uniform should also be worn during special outdoor occasions, such as Scout shows, flag ceremonies and special times at summer camp.

For outdoor activities, Scouts may wear troop or camp T-shirts with the Scout pants or shorts or other appropriate attire.

Boy Scout Handbook, Eleventh Edition, pp. 12-13
The Boy Scout uniform has four required parts:
  • Headgear. Optional - All troop members must wear the headgear chosen by vote of the troop/team.
  • Shirt and Neckwear. Official long- or shortsleeve tan shirt with green (Boy Scout) shoulder loops on epaulets. The troop/team may vote to wear a neckerchief, bolo tie, or no neckwear. In any case, the collar should be unbuttoned. The troop/team has the choice of wearing the neckerchief over the turned-under collar or under the open collar.
  • Belt. Olive web with BSA insignia on brass buckle; or official leather with international-style buckle or buckle of your choice, worn only if voted by the troop/team. Members wear one of the belts chosen by vote of the troop/team.
  • Pants/Shorts. Official, olive, no cuffs. (Units have no option to change.)
  • Socks. Official olive-colored socks.
Boy Scout Uniform Inspection Sheet

When is an Adult Leader "in uniform"?

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Adult Leader Uniform or Adult Uniform

The Adult Leader's uniform has four required and two optional parts, just like the youth uniform:

  • Headgear. Headgear is optional.
  • Shirt/Blouse and Neckwear. Long or short sleeves with appropriate loops on epaulets. Neckwear is optional but must be worn according to specifications in the Insignia Guide. Male Cub Scout and Boy Scout leaders wear the official tan shirt. Female Cub Scout leaders wear either the official yellow blouse or the official tan blouse. Female Boy Scout leaders wear the official tan blouse. Male Venturing leaders wear the official green shirt. Female Venturing leaders wear the official green blouse.
  • Pants/Shorts. Units have no option to change. Male Cub Scout and Boy Scout leaders wear the official olive-colored shorts or pants with no cuffs. Female Cub Scout leaders wear the official blue shorts, skirt, or pants with the yellow blouse or the official olive-colored shorts or pants with the tan blouse. Venturing leaders wear the official gray pants or shorts.
  • Belt. Male leaders wear the official olive web belt or official leather belt with the buckle of their choice. Female leaders wear the official blue Cub Scout or Webelos Scout buckle with blue pants, or the official olive web belt or official leather belt with the buckle of their choice with olive pants.
  • Socks. Male Cub Scout and Boy Scout leaders wear olive green socks with red tops with shorts or pants. Female leaders wear the blue socks with gold tops with the blue shorts or pants, or the olive green socks with red tops with olive-colored shorts or pants. Venturing leaders wear the official gray socks.
  • Nameplates are optional.

---Adult Leader Uniform Inspection Sheet

See the online Insignia Guide for more information. You can purchase uniforms online at ScoutShop.org or at local Scout Shops.

Rarely required

The uniform is rarely required. Even for an Eagle Scout Board of Review, the uniform "should" be worn but is not required to be worn:

The Scout should be neat in appearance and his uniform should be as correct as possible...
Board of Review

There are two exceptions:

  • Scout and adult leader participants attending a National Jamboree are required to be in uniform. (Visitors do not need to be in uniform.)
  • The National Honor Patrol Award requires that at least 75 percent of the patrol's membership wear the full uniform correctly.


Badges of Rank Are for Youth Members

In Scouting, the advancement program is limited to youth members only. Adult Scouters should neither seek awards designed for youth members nor wear them on the Scouter uniform except for square knots representing the Arrow of Light rank, Eagle Scout Award, Venturing Summit Award, Quartermaster Award, or religious emblems earned as a youth member.
Guide to Awards and Insignia, § Section 1: Special Regulations

Prohibition of Alteration

No alteration of, or additions to, the official uniforms, as described in the official guidelines or the Rules and Regulations covering the wearing of the uniform and the proper combinations thereof on official occasions, may be authorized by any Scouting official or local council.
BSA Rules and Regulations Adobe Acrobat PDF -- Article VII, Programs, § INSIGNIA, UNIFORMS, AND BADGES, ¶ Use of Uniform

The Uniform is one of the Aims and Methods of Scouting

The Scout Uniform is one of the Aims and Methods of the Scouting Program.

The uniform makes the Boy Scout troop visible as a force for good and creates a positive youth image in the community. Boy Scouting is an action program, and wearing the uniform is an action that shows each Boy Scout's commitment to the aims and purposes of Scouting. The uniform gives the Boy Scout identity in a world brotherhood of youth who believe in the same ideals. The uniform is practical attire for Boy Scout activities and provides a way for Boy Scouts to wear the badges that show what they have accomplished.
Aims and Methods of the Scouting Program Adobe Acrobat PDF

Class A vs Class B

Class A and Class B are unofficial nicknames for the scout uniforms. Though generally understood, some scouters prefer the proper uniform names.

  • Class A is the nickname for the BSA "Field Uniform". See above.
  • Class B is the nickname for the BSA "Activity Uniform"; i.e. scouting related t-shirt and scout pants.

Should Uniform Shirts Be Tucked In?

Effective Oct. 1, 2013, the official stance on the Boy Scouts of America’s uniform policy is that shirts and blouses are to be worn tucked in, regardless of whether the wearer is a Cub Scout, Boy Scout, Varsity Scout, Venturer, or adult Scouter. All Sea Scout uniforms are designed to be tucked in except youth dress whites and youth dress blues. In the past, guidelines have simply stated the uniform wearer should be neat in appearance. Neatness includes tucking in the shirt or blouse. This update will appear in related resources, suchas the uniform inspection sheets, as they are revised and printed.
Guide to Awards and Insignia (2015), § Section 1: Official Policy

Uniform Inspection

Patch Placement and Uniform Inspection Sheets

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